Saud and Granville Island

Is it me, or are teenagers these days looking more and more mature?  I’ve worked with a few minor models (agewise) and they all don’t look it!

Anyway, Saud was a great model and only 16!  I wanted a bit more of a casual look with him and he was very easy going.

One of the things I like about taking any kind of portrait is when I can get some bit of the subjects personality into the image.  And, Saud was full of personality!

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Jack Bauer Inspired

Wow!  It has been a while hasn’t it?!

I was taking a bit of a break in December and January, but now I’m back and ready to go.

I’ve had a couple shoots between then and now.  I’d like to thank Kat for her patience with me… I swear I’ll get those finished photos to you soon.

A few days ago I set up a shoot with my Big Damn Team (Brad and Amy) and a new model, Kyler G!

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Josh and Granville Island

Before I left for my trip I made the mistake (and pleasure) of booking quite a few shoots, merely weeks before I left!  That didn’t leave a lot of time for me to edit stuff in a timely manner.  For that I’d like to thank everyone who waited patiently for their finished images (Thanks Elena, Joshua, Saud and Jaime!)

One thing I feel my portfolio lacks is… well… dudes!  So, I scheduled a few male portraits with some awesome models.

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2 Dec 2010, 10:41pm
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Portrait and High Fashion with Spiffy

Last month my friend Tiffani (yes with an “i”), a hobbiest photographer, asked if I would do a portrait session for her.  She had done some portrait work in the past, but she wanted to see what it was like on the other side of the lens.

Why?  I don’t know.  I personally don’t like having my photo taken… but I guess that’s a common trait with a lot of insecure photographers… moving on!

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Crohn’s Awareness Project pt. 3

And we’re back!  Time for part 3 of what was supposed to be a 1 part series.

Snow finally hit Vancouver!  But, luckily that didn’t deter much of anything since snow doesn’t last very long here.  We were a little worried at first with the weather, but everything paid off.

Joshua came back and we did a quick series with him.  Brad managed to get some excellent images.  You can check them out here.

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Crohn’s Awareness Project pt. 2

Last week we did another Crohn’s Awareness shoot and it turned out very well.  This was pretty much half of a reshoot of last time, because I got overly excited and jumped the gun a bit…  I swear this has never happened before!

Basically, one of the series that I have in mind is to capture subtle and expressive emotions.  These headshots will look pretty different from each other in terms of the tonality and mood.  Everything was going great in our first shoot, I had our models look great (thanks Amy) and they did a fantastic job display subtle emotions…  After a few more images for another series we all went our separate ways.

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5 Nov 2010, 10:38pm
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Crohn’s Awareness Campaign pt. 1

It has been a while since I last posted, and I apologize.  Still trying to get back into the groove of things.

That being said, last week I shot a few concept images for a Crohn’s awareness campaign with my good friend Brad Davelaar.  We’ve been planning this campaign for a while now, but I figure I’d dive back into the waters of photography with a quick concept shoot.

We’ve had a lot of positive response to this project and when trying to find models to be portrayed in these series’ I found quite a few people who have been affected by Crohn’s or Colitis at some point in their lives.  I thank all of those who want to help out in this project.

Thanks again to Amy Diedrich for her amazing make up and special effects for this shoot.  Thanks to our talents Joshua and Kat, although this is not the typical editorial look they did spectacularly and looked great (for their roles).

There were two concepts I wanted to explore in this shoot.  The first concept is about how people afflicted with Crohn’s suffer greatly on the inside, but manage to maintain a positive look on the outside.  This is going to be a series of headshots with various different talents that will explore emotions, both subtle and highly expressive.

The second concept I wanted to explore is centred around the people who are brave enough to care for those afflicted with Crohn’s;  friends, families, and loved ones.  Most people don’t understand what Crohn’s Disease is (click here for more information) or take it too lightly.  It’s usually up to those Loved Ones to stick up for the Crohn’s sufferers and defend them.  This concept is an homage to those who stay by their friends and families and help them along the way, despite misunderstandings of other people.

For the next little while I’ll be doing more concept shoots and exploring more of Crohn’s through visual images.  We’re still deciding how the eventual medium will be to showcase all of these images, but chances are it will be a combination of print and web based media.

Brad started up a new blog to track our progress.  Check it out here!

Here’s a sample image from our first shoot.

20 Oct 2010, 10:05pm
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Back in action.

It’s been a while since I last posted.  Been busy readjusting to my good ol’ life.  On the plus side, I’ve had plenty of time to hunker down and finish off editing the last shoots I did before I left.

I want to thank all my models and my team for their patience.  I usually don’t have a month long turnaround for these things!  But, I’m relatively pleased with how they all turned out.

A little bit about myself as a photographer *WARNING GEEK TALK AHEAD*, I shoot with a Canon EOS 7D.  My preferred lenses right now are the Canon 24-70L (beautiful, but heavy lens), Canon 50mm F/1.4, and a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8.

I prefer to use artificial lighting when I do portraits.  I use a Canon 580EX II and a Vivitar 285 (old school one) along with a nice big ass 60 inch convertible umbrella.  I fire my 580EX II off with Paul C. Buff’s Cybersyncs (no Pocket Wizard, but it does the job).  That’s it.  Just one main light, at times I might use the Vivitar on a slave as a background light or a kicker.  End nerd talk.

I had originally wanted to go to Lighthouse Park for this one shoot.  I was hoping to get a kind of rocky beach look, but given the time we had (and the infamous Lion’s Gate Bridge traffic) we decided to go somewhere a little easier.  So… Stanley Park anyone?

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26 Sep 2010, 8:01pm
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Day 7 – Toronto! Centre of their own Universe!

Last night I found out that my hotel room’s walls are thin… REAL thin. ‘Nuff said.

Got a good look at Sudbury this morning… yeah… no…  Sorry.

The shortest drive so far!  Couldn’t leave Sudbury fast enough so I kinda flew into Toronto.  But, I wasn’t alone.  Highway 400 and 401 were packed with cars hauling down the road at 120+ KPH.  Gotta go with traffic speed right?  Funny how the speed limit is 100 KPH… and everyone’s going at 120, some at 140!  Lots of high speed tailgating.  Good fun!

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19 Sep 2010, 10:43pm
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Pre-Launch

Last day to get my affairs in order… anything left undone.. well..  Whatever.  I’ve been racking my brain the last week trying to get everything ready and prepared.

I’ll be heading out early tomorrow morning, all ready for the 12 hour start.  First stop, Calgary!  My cousin Andree recommended this neat little bed and breakfast near her place so that’ll be my stop for a few days.

Since I want to post at least one photo every day… I don’t really have one today.  But, since this is also a kind of photo blog I did do one quick headshot shoot yesterday for a make-up artist, Kristina Capati.  She did some amazing work at a shoot I assisted in a while back.  I think they turned out great.  Kristina did a fantastic job and I had a great time shooting with her.  I left most of my gear with my friend Brad (check out his work at here).

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